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14 YEARS TO FIX BRITAIN’S POTHOLES AS BACKLOG GROWS AND REPAIR BUDGETS SHRINK Disgruntled motorists have been warned the misery caused by potholes is going to get even deeper. Fixing all those annoying craters on Britain’s roads will take 14 years, an investigation has revealed. The repairs backlog has grown from 10.9 years a decade ago. Councils fix almost two million potholes a year – an average of 12,000 potholes for each local authority. But the average English council faces a £69 million estimated one-time cost to brings its roads up to a reasonable condition. Town hall bosses say speedy action is needed to tackle the backlog being caused by huge funding cuts. Local Government Association’s transport spokes-
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man, said: “It is becoming increasingly urgent to address the roads crisis. “Our roads are deteriorating fast and it would take almost £12billion, and it could be nearly 2030, before we could bring them up to scratch and clear the current roads repair backlog. “Our roads crisis is only going to get worse unless we address it as a national priority. "Councils desperately need long-term and consistent funding to invest in the resurfacing projects which our road network desperately needs over the next decade. “Motorists pay billions to the Treasury each year in fuel duty when they fill up their car at the pumps only to then have to drive on roads that are decaying after decades of underfunding. They deserve
Big Energy Saving Week Has Started!
October 31st saw the start of the Big Energy Saving Week! The national campaign aims to help people reduce their energy use and bills as well as make the most of all the financial support they are entitled to. It will focus on raising public awareness about the potential benefits of switching energy suppliers or tariffs and will educate people on how to best make homes more energy efficient. Around 43% of people wrongly believe switching energy suppliers won’t save them money. However statistics reveal an average UK household could save around £300 by switching. When surveyed, a fifth of people said they’d turn to credit cards or work an extra 10 hours if they needed that amount of money. The sixth Big Energy Saving Week is a part-
nership between Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and BEIS, along with a number of other organisations, charities and companies. Minister for Consumers Margot James said: “Millions of people have already switched and saved this year but we know that some people can find it difficult to find the best deal. Big Energy Saving Week will help people up and down the country find out how they could save on their energy bills, many could save around £300, as we create a country that works for everyone.” There are planned events running up and down the country that people can attend to learn more and get involved. Citizens Advice has also created a new, impartial price comparison tool that allows consumers to easily compare prices and rates from different energy suppliers so they can find the best deal.
roads fit for the 21st century.” The LGA, which carried out the probe, wants the Government to provide £1billion to help the battle to fill in potholes. This cash could be found by investing 2p per litre of fuel duty, according to the LGA, which represents over 370 councils. Despite the savage budget reductions, councils are fixing almost two million holes a year. The Department for Transport has committed £6billion for English councils to improve roads during the current Parliament, in addition to a £50million annual pothole action fund.
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The Royal Mint has urged the country to prepare for the introduction of the new £1 coin amid fears that it will cause chaos for shoppers and retailers. The 12-sided coin, which has been introduced because the current version is vulnerable to counterfeiters, will enter circulation in March 2017. The Royal Mint has warned businesses they now need to begin training their staff and adapting their equipment in order to deal with the new coin. But the Local Government Association has said updating parking meters will be a “further cost burden” to councils, while the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales said the “financial hit” on small enterprises will divert their attention away from running their businesses. Payphones, fruit machines, supermarket trolleys,
launderette washing machines, vending machines and lockers are also among the pieces of equipment that will need to be revamped as the new coin is introduced. Around 500,000 vending machines will need to be upgraded, according the Automatic Vending Association, which estimates there will be a cost of more than £30 million to the vending industry. The British Parking Association, meanwhile, has warned that the cost of updating around 100,000 parking machines will be at least £50m. However, machines will still need to be able to accept the old coin because there will be a changeover period of six months when both coins will be in circulation. When the polymer £5 was introduced earlier this year, only 63 per cent of convenience retailers were prepared for the transition just weeks before the new note was brought in, so it’s essential the Government has a strategy in place to communicate the changes to the £1 coin effectively. The Treasury, said the coin will “reduce the cost to business and the taxpayer,” because it will “present a significant barrier to counterfeiters. The introduction of this new £1 coin will be a highly significant event and we are working with the Royal Mint to ensure key industries are ready and to ensure a smooth transition.”
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Louise Haigh Appointed Shadow Minister For The Digital Economy Sheffield MP, Louise Haigh has been appointed to a new ministerial role shadowing the digital economy brief by the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn. The move comes at an important time, with the Digital Economy Bill currently progressing through Parliament and Louise's first task was to scrutinise the legislation in Parliament. Louise was previously the Shadow Minister for the Civil Service and Digital Reform where she joined with a broad coalition to stop the Government watering down the FOI Act, took the civil service to task for their under-promotion of women, stood up for civil servants whose terms and conditions were being consistently undermined and questioned how the civil service could manage Brexit with ever-diminishing resources. Louise previously worked for a digital start-up before entering Parliament and has vowed to use that experience in her new role.
Seven Years Of Cuts Has Seen Sheffield City Council Save More Than £350M 2017/18 will be the seventh year of budget cuts at Sheffield City Council, with the cumulative spending cuts total now running to £352 million. This is equivalent to the cost of maintaining all parks and countryside managed by Sheffield City Council an estimated 60 times over. The savings have included a combination of cuts to funding, and the additional ‘pressures’ associated with services where demand has increased, the costs of inflation, and changes to government legislation that the Council must comply with. Next year the council will have to make cuts of £40 million. Councillor Ben Curran, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: “Make no mistake, the cumulative impact of the last seven years of budget cuts has been huge. We know that many people in the city have felt the impact of these cuts on their lives in a number of ways. But when we look back at these sums, it is only due to prudent financial management that people in the city have not seen a much greater impact
on the services we all value. “Our priorities have been taking care of people, spreading the savings, and finding innovative ways to keep delivering the services people care about. “And there is more to come. We have more savings to make, particular as the pressure on some services continues to grow and grow. The Medium Term Financial Strategy sets out the scale of the challenges facing the authority’s finances for the next five years. Over the next five years, it is estimated that the Council’s cumulative budget gap will increase from around £40m in 2017/18 to £116m by 2021/22. This takes account of changes to the Council’s main sources of income, as well as the pressures on services. Councillor Curran continued: “The important thing we’re lobbying the government for here is to frontload the additional Better Care Fund money that will enable us to keep up with the increased demand for services. We need this funding in order to look after the increasing number of people who are dependent on social care..”
Park Hill Development ‘Set To Be Complete In Five Years’ Award-winning urban regeneration company Urban Splash has secured a revised agreement for the final phases of Park Hill with Sheffield City Council which means they will be able to complete the project in five years. Phase One is complete with 260 homes and 10 contemporary workspaces that are occupied with creative and digital businesses. There are currently 600 people living and working at Park Hill reflecting a mixed community that includes affordable housing, rented, owner occupiers – from young professionals to downsizers, as well as the businesses, Grace Owen Nursery and oS1 Artspace that have provided a rolling arts programme. The revised development agreement will be split into four phases – Phases 2 to 5. Phase 2 will see Urban Splash create 210 residential properties and Phase 3 following on with the development of 330 student housing units working with an external partner. The whole scheme will deliver a total of 130,000 square foot of commercial space. Phase 4 and 5 include provision for the S1 Artspace Project, as well as open market and social housing. Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure, said: “These plans provide the momentum to move forward with the scheme, securing the completion of the Park Hill
development It is great news for the city that its ongoing regeneration will include such a significant development and Urban Splash have brought forward a viable and workable plan to complete the final phases.”
Race Or Religious Hate Crimes Recorded Leap 41% Following Referendum Race or religious hate crimes recorded by police jumped by more than two fifths in the wake of the EU referendum, official figures show. The number of racially and religiously aggravated alleged offences logged by forces in England and Wales in July was 41% higher than in the same month last year. A Home Office report also showed that in 2015/16 the overall number of hate crimes logged by forces in England and Wales increased by nearly a fifth, with offences recorded at a rate of around 170 a day. The main focus of the study was the 12 months from April 2015 to March 2016, but it also included a section examining the period around the EU referendum. It confirmed there was a "sharp increase" in the number of racially or religiously aggravated offences recorded by forces following the poll. There were 3,886 such crimes logged in July 2015, rising to 5,468 in July this year. Data from 31 police forces showed that in the two weeks up to and including the day of the referendum on June 23, forces recorded 1,546 racially or religiously aggravated offences. In the fortnight immediately after the poll, the number climbed by almost half to 2,241. The peak daily total between May and August was seen on July 1, when 207 alleged race or religious hate crimes were recorded. The number fell in August, but remained at a higher level than prior to the referendum, the report said. It added that the sharp rise in offences is not replicated in non-racially or religiously aggravated equivalent offences. In 2015/16, there were 62,518 offences recorded by the police
in which one or more hate crime strands were deemed to be a motivating factor. This was an increase of 19% compared with the 52,4651 hate crimes recorded in 2014/15. There were increases in offences recorded for all five of the monitored hate crime strands. Of the offences recorded over the year: ::49,419 (79%) were race hate crimes ::7,194 (12%) were sexual orientation hate crimes; ::4,400 (7%) were religious hate crimes; ::3,629 (6%) were disability hate crimes; and ::858 (1%) were transgender hate crimes. It is possible for a hate crime offence to have more than one motivating factor, meaning the numbers total more than 62,518 and 100%, the report said. The Home Office said figures published last year show an overall decrease in hate crimes as measured by the Crime Survey for England and Wales. This suggests that although the number of hate crimes reported to police is rising, this is largely down to more people reporting hate crime and better police recording rather than a surge in incidents, according to the department. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "Hatred has no place in a Britain that works for everyone and we are determined to stamp it out. I am pleased to see Government action is working and that more victims are finding the confidence to come forward to report these crimes. "Our hate crime laws are among the best in the world, but we cannot be complacent." She said a hate crime action plan published in July "sets out how we are further reducing hate crime, increasing reporting and improving support for victims."
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41% Of Young Women Expect To Face Discrimination At Work More than 4 in 10 young women believe their gender will count against them during their career, according to a survey that found only 4% of boys believe they might also face some form of career-limiting sex discrimination in the workplace. The poll for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) reported that 41% of young women, all aged between 13 and 22, believed discrimination would hold back their careers, more than 10 times the figure for boys. Approximately 20% of boys not only rejected concerns they might face discrimination, they said their gender would have a positive effect on their career, allowing them to earn more than their female counterparts.
The survey follows a series of reports showing that women face a higher risk of harassment and discrimination at work. A recent TUC study found that more than half of all women and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18 to 24 said they have experienced sexual harassment at work. The building industry was singled out by young women as one of the worst offenders that was ripe for change, according to the survey. A quarter of young women said that employing a diverse range of people was the most important factor when thinking about a company they would work for. They said it would take a female chief executive or a successful female prime minister to turn the situation around.
Is UK Still The World’s Fifth Biggest Economy? The claim: The falling pound has made the UK the world's sixth biggest economy, down from fifth. Reality Check verdict: The World Bank produces the rankings which are based on average exchange rates over the period. The UK has not fallen behind France so far. Figures as diverse as Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, and Lord Livingston, the former Conservative trade minister, have said the UK has slipped down the rankings and is now the sixthlargest economy in the world. In an article in the Telegraph, former trade minister Lord Livingston wrote: "In the long term, this is unacceptable for the sixth-largest economy (it was the fifth largest, but the fall in the pound since June means we have fallen behind France)." Sixth place would put the UK behind the US, China, Japan, Germany and France in US dollar terms, with France having leapfrogged the UK into fifth. It is all down to exchange rates, in theory. If the pound is almost a fifth weaker against the US dollar since the EU referendum, our annual GDP of about £1.8 trillion is worth fewer dollars, dropping us down the table. Newspapers were full of the news that the UK had slipped to number six after the vote to leave the European Union, pointing out that if you applied the weaker pound exchange rates to the output of the economy in 2015, France did in-
deed come out ahead of the UK. But that's not how it works. The World Bank produces the rankings. It takes official annual GDP figures and then converts them into US dollars using an average exchange rate for the whole year. The GDP figures for 2015 based on exchange rates from last year rank the UK at number five. So will the slide in exchange rates move the UK down the World Bank's table in 2016? It might. As a World Bank analysis of the best way to compare economies puts it: "Exchange rateconverted GDPs can be highly misleading on the relative sizes of economies and levels of material well-being." Another way to approach the problem is to use a measure called purchasing power parity. This tracks prices across the world to adjust for the different prices we pay for the same things in different countries. What that does is allow a fair comparison between countries that looks at the underlying size of economies without the numbers being warped by price or currency fluctuations. On that measure, also produced by the World Bank, the UK was the ninth-largest economy in the world in 2015. France was the 10th. Based on the latest forecasts, the World Bank expects the UK to stay ahead of France for the whole of 2016, measured by purchasing power or by converting to US dollars.
Have Your Say On Council Information And Advice A consultation has been launched to find out what people think about the information and advice given by Sheffield City Council’s adult services, covering social care, libraries, housing and communities. More than two million people use the council website every year and the authority’s customer services team respond to more than a million enquiries. Now the council is asking people for their views about the information and advice and how it is given. The consultation is open until Friday, 25 November. People completing the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 shopping vouchers. Councillor Cate McDonald, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council, said: “We give information to thousands of people every day about the things that really matter to them, such as adult social care and housing.
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And we do this through many different ways including online, in print, in person and over the phone. “It’s important that we get it right, so that people can make choices that are the best for them. We want to hear from as many people as possible and are asking for ideas about how we might improve.” Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/gettinginvolved to take the consultation survey or call the council’s helpline on 0114 273 4119.
Britain is facing a "divorce bill" of up to 20 billion euro (£18 billion) as the cost of leaving the European Union, it has been reported. The Financial Times has calculated that more than 300 billion euros (£270 billion) of shared payment liabilities will have to be settled in Brexit negotiations. The 20 billion euro "upper estimate" was said to cover the UK's share of continuing multi-year liabilities including 241 billion euros (£217 billion) of unpaid budget appropriations, pension liabilities of 63.8 billion euros (£57.5 billion), and other commitments totalling around 32 billion euros (£29 billion). The FT said its analysis represented the first attempt to quantify the UK's liabilities on leaving the EU, with some officials in Brussels warning that the final figure could be higher. The Government refused to be drawn on the report. A spokesman said: "As the Prime Minister has said, we will invoke Article 50 no later than the end of March next year. We are not going to provide a running commentary on leaving the EU."
The disclosure may cause further jitters on foreign exchange markets following a tumultuous day for the pound. The Prime Minister has angered many Conservative backbenchers with her refusal to commit to giving MPs a vote on her Brexit strategy despite growing calls for more clarity on the plan before the formal process of leaving the EU is triggered. During an at times heated Commons debate called by Labour, a series of Tory MPs lined up to insist that greater transparency was essential to protect British jobs, businesses and investment. Challenged at Prime Minister's Questions, Mrs May insisted suggestions that Parliament would be unable to debate issues around Brexit were "completely wrong". However she came under pressure from Jeremy Corbyn, who said the Prime Minister was pursuing a "shambolic Tory Brexit" to appease her backbenchers. The Labour leader said the Government offers "no strategy for negotiating Brexit and offers no clarity, no transparency and no chance of scrutiny of the process for developing a strategy".
Rogue Landlords To Be Banned From Renting Tiny Bedrooms Rogue landlords will be banned from renting tiny bedrooms and licensing rules will be extended to cover flats above shops under Government plans The "fit and proper person" test for landlords could also be tightened up, with more stringent criminal record checks as part of a package of measures announced by Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell. Under the plans, which will apply in England, the minimum room size in shared homes will be 6.52 square metres. Mr Barwell said: "In order to build a country that truly works for everyone we must ensure that everyone has somewhere safe and secure to live. "These measures will give councils the powers they need to tackle poor-quality rental homes in their area. "By driving rogue landlords that flout the rules out of business, we are raising standards and giving tenants the protection
they need." The measures build on plans set out in a discussion paper in November 2015. A consultation on the proposals also sets out plans to ensure mandatory licensing rules apply to all shared homes with five or more people from two or more households. They will also include flats above and below shops and other business premises - currently licensing only kicks in for homes with three or more floors, and excludes properties attached to businesses, unless they are in a three-storey building. Landlords will also be required to provide decent storage and disposal of rubbish. Ministers are also considering whether the current licensing rules for purpose-built student accommodation are appropriate.
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Kashmir Is Bleeding Nether Edge & Sharrow ward Labour councillor Mohammad Maroof said; "I am grateful to members of Kashmiri community who came to the October full council meeting to ask questions on the current human rights abuses in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir where people have been denied their birth right, the Right of Self-determination, more than 100,000 people have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been displaced, sexual abuse against women is being used as a weapon to control, over 700 people have been blinded with the use of pellet guns and more than 16,000 have been wounded in the last 100 days" I am delighted to see in the response to the question Cllr Julie Dore, leader of the council agreed to bring notice of motion to condemn the atrocities committed by paramilitary forces deployed in Kashmir.
(b) is disturbed by the recent violence where use of pellet guns, tear gas shells, rubber bullets, as well as assault rifles, resulted in the deaths of more than 110 civilians, with over 7,000 civilians injured; (c) recognises Amnesty International's criticism of Indian security forces for the use of arbitrary and excessive force to deal with the protests in Kashmir and they also criticised the use of pellet guns, stating they had been used 100 times in Kashmir during the first week of September 2016; (d) believes in a diplomatic solution to this issue to bring peace and stability to the region; (e) calls upon the Leader of the Council to write to the High Commissioners of India and Pakistan calling for:(i) the immediate cessation of violence, including the use of pellet guns on civilians; (ii) the immediate lifting of the curfew and restrictions on free speech; (iii)
the investigation of human rights abuses in the region;
The following motion will send a message to the occupying (iv) the restarting of diplomatic talks to resolve the situation forces that Sheffield stands with the people of Jammu & Kash- peacefully; and mir. (v) immediate help and support for those who have been injured; and Notice of Motion given by Councillor Mohammad Maroof That this Council:(f) requests that a copy of this motion be forwarded to (a) is conscious about the current serious situation in Kash- the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. mir and deeply concerned about the welfare and safety of the families and friends of many Sheffielders living in the region; Councillor Mohammad Maroof
Britain Fourth Best Country In World To Be Young Person Britain is the fourth best country in the world to be a young person, a new study reveals. A global youth development index compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat highlights the deep divide between life chances for people aged between 15 and 29 in the West and the developing world. The wide-ranging survey studied the prospects of young people in employment, education, health, and political spheres as it examined 18 indicators including literacy, mental disorder rates, financial inclusion, and voter engagement. While Britain scored fourth place over-all, it ranked 39 for youth health and well-being - below countries like Romania, Albania, and Mexico, but well ahead of France, which was placed 79 in that category. Germany topped the table, with Denmark second, Australia third, while Ireland came in at 15, and the US was ranked 23. At the other end of the spectrum, young people in the Central African Republic had the poorest life chances of the 183 countries surveyed. With the world's youth population at an all time high of 1.8 billion people, the Commonwealth warned that investment was urgently needed to
boost the life chances for this age group in developing countries. The report stated that the prospects for the emergence of a Generation Hope was being threatened by widespread joblessness, unequal access to health and education, and lack of political influence. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: "The index throws down a challenge to policy-makers everywhere: without action to promote young people's empowerment, boosting opportunities for employment and opening up spaces for political dialogue, countries will be squandering their most precious resource and storing up problems for the future. "The adolescents and young adults who make up Generation Hope have huge aspirations and enormous capabilities, but too often they face barriers in realising their potential as productive citizens. "To make good on the promise and dreams of this generation and to forge a brighter future for all, we need to invest in young people's health, education, digital skills and offer meaningful opportunities for employment, participation and individual fulfilment."
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PROPERTY IN A GLOBAL MARKET
Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son The reason I have chosen this topic for my article this month is that there have been a number of contacts from all around the world interested in investing in property here in Sheffield and the North. I have had contact from the Middle East, China and wider. It seems that Brexit to some extent has increased activity. I am not saying this will be a longer term trend but the signs certainly are strong. It is interesting when you receive such a call. For example I had a call from Australia some time ago which still resonates with me where I suggested the gentleman had a look at the property in question by driving by. He pointed out he was in Australia. I believe property for some investors is certainly becoming a global commodity such as gold, shares and precious metals. It is probably safe to say property is a world commodity, as the world becomes a much easier place to travel around. There are various reasons given why this country is a popular property investment destination. One of the key considerations is that our land and property system and law safeguards purchasers. It is a safe place to buy. Why is this important? Because in many countries, especially in the emerging economies, property sale/ purchase is fraught with difficulty. Many people from South Asia have tremendous legal challenges when they return to manage investments. I have had many people recall stories of when they have returned to sell or manage their property they realise they are not even the official owners. Many people will spend huge amounts of money and time trying to prove their ownership. If you are a third of fourth generation returning to claim your inheritance then the story becomes even
more difficult. Your do not know the system but more importantly you are not acquainted with the right people who could help you understand the disjointed processes. I have had people for example telling me they are giving up their property for no other reason than they do not have the time, patience or resources to engage in never ending legal battles. Some even take the extreme view that if the property is worth say £100,000 shared between four or five then it is a good economic decision not to pursue the property. I am sure there will be some readers who especially third, fourth generation south Asians who will resonate strongly with this scenario. On the other hand if you were fortunate enough to survive the legal processes and are able to sell then a lot of these people are choosing to invest in the country. Clearly what this does to the land economy in the countries that were reliant on property investors from abroad, is the market just collapses and from what I hear it is beginning to happen in some areas of South Asia. Looking at why people from fairly strong countries are choosing to invest in this country the answer is fairly simple. We have a stable political system that has stood the test of time. Investors feel their investment is safe to political changes. Secondly the economic climate although subject to fluctuation on the whole is stable. Thirdly we are a property infatuated nation which is reflected in prices and returns. For example London, I believe over fifty percent of the buyers are from overseas. Properties are marketed in the Far East which are bought off plan. The trend for investing in this country has now started to spread out from London and is quite evident in Manchester, Leeds and
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even Sheffield. My thoughts are that over many years this country will become a global destination for property investors. Another reason which is sometimes cited for property becoming a global commodity is the internet. People are now able to compare and contrast their investment opportunities in different parts of the world. People are able to conduct business much more effectively through modern communication systems. Gone are the days when an overseas investment was a logistical challenge. If you look around the property world, London is top of the list for overseas property investors along with New York, Paris and many other capitals of the world. Another trend in the world property investment tourism which has seen places like Dubai, Istanbul, Singapore and many others, seeing a rise in investment. Tourism hubs are attractive to many property investors because they attract global names in retail, hospitality and therefore provide a good return on investment. This is a topic in its own right which I will expand on in the future. Although this country is the main destination for property investment, people from here are investing in second homes or residential investments in many parts of the world to include France, Spain, Italy and further afield in Morocco and Dubai to mention a few. As the world population becomes more footloose it is inevitable that “global village” scenario will be coming into play in the property market. It is absolutely conceivable that when you buy your next property you may well be competing with a purchase from anywhere in the “global village” as is the situation in London and many world capitals.
Clocks Went Back For 100th Time British clocks fell back for the 100th time at the end of October as lighter mornings and darker afternoons were ushered in. Hands have been moving back on the clock-face since the First World War when British Summer Time (BST) was adopted as a way of maximising daylight hours. However the model is "obsolete" and earlier nightfall leads to more fatalities on roads, according to an accident prevention group. Instead, Britain should adopt Central European Time, which is always one hour ahead of the UK, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has said. Currently, the UK follows Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) from October to March and British Summer Time (BST) - which is GMT+1 hour - from March to October. The system means darkness falls earlier in the day when the clocks go back on the last Sunday in October - which was October 30 this year. Campaigners say moving the UK clocks to the European model would "save a significant number of lives" by leading to more evening light year-round. In 2015, pedestrian deaths rose from 27 in September to 42 in October, 45 in November and 58 in December with a practice which was innovative and forward-looking in 1916 but which has not been updated to its full potential 100 years later. Child pedestrians are particularly vulnerable during the afternoon school run, when they digress on their way home and so are exposed to traffic risk for longer than their morning trip to school. During that period motorists are also tired after the day's work, concentration levels are low, and journey times are increased due to shopping and social trips. For these reasons, increased evening daylight would produce significant results in preventing accidents to children and other road users.
Mohammed Aslam MBE appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mr. Mohammed Aslam MBE, DL was presented with his Lieutenancy Warrant and Badge of Office by the Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Dr. Ingrid Roscoe at a Ceremony hosted at Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham. The appointment as Deputy Lieutenant is in recognition of his sustained and notable contribution to the County of West Yorkshire, and appeared in the London Gazette prior to this ceremony Mr Aslam will assist the Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Dr. Ingrid Roscoe, who is the Queens representative within the County Mr. Aslam has been at the helm of the successful family business for nearly 4 decades. There will be a number of events where the Lord Lieutenant is unavailable and he will attend in her place – “I will do whatever is required of me,” he said. “I’m very honoured to be offered this opportunity to further help the community.” “from a business point of view, we like to support the communities in which we work and this is an opportunity for me to do something further for the people around West Yorkshire.” Aagrah Restaurant Group was setup by Group Chairman, Mohammed Sabir,MBE, Dbs, in 1977. It is an independent family business
with 14 sites throughout Yorkshire. The company is UK and Europe’s largest Kashmiri Restaurant chain. Mr. Aslam has worked with both community and industry initiatives such as schools and colleges to inspire and promote the industry and region. He also developed the national South Asian
Ex-PM Blair Suggests Second EU Vote Britain's former prime minister Tony Blair says there was nothing preventing a second Brexit referendum and warned that the break-up would be "very, very tough" as European leaders were in an unforgiving mood. He called on fellow "Remain" supporters to "mobilise and to organise" against proponents of Brexit, writing in The New European newspaper that "we're the insurgents now". “There is absolutely no reason why we should close off any options,” he later told BBC radio. “We are entitled to carry on scrutinising, and, yes, if necessary, to change our minds. This is not about an elite overruling the people. “If it becomes clear that this is either a deal that doesn't make it worth our while leaving; or, alternatively, a deal that is going to be so serious in its implications that people decide they don't want to go, there's got to be some way, either through parliament, or through an election; possibly through another referendum,” he added. Blair, who was prime minister from 1997 to 2007, called Brexit as "catastrophe", and revealed that he had recently held talks with French President Francois Hollande that had highlighted the challenges Britain faces in upcoming negotiations to set the terms of the break-up.
School Children Celebrate 10 Years Of Every Child Matters Survey Last month nearly a hundred school pupils have come together with education leaders from across the city to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Every Child Matters survey. Since the survey began 45,000 children have been consulted on their views which are used to shape local services and school policy. As a result of feedback from the survey: Sheffield City Council and NHS Sheffield Clinical Commission Group are now working with young people to develop an anti-stigma campaign and raise awareness of emotional wellbeing and mental health issues. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have put a greater emphasis on the importance of fire escape plans in their fire education programmes. Sheffield Young Carers have been able to provide schools with young carers with the training and resources they need. Schools can apply for £100 grants to fund a project which will address something discovered
Chef Competition to recognise and reward talent from the hospitality sector. His passion for food has led to both national and international recognition over the years, boasting not one, but two, International UK Chefs of the Year awards. Mohammed Aslam was also awarded with a Special Recognition accolade at the British Curry Awards 2013 by Prime Minster David Cameron. The prestigious award acknowledges his significant contributions to services to industry. The 2000 strong audience gave a rapturous standing ovation to Mohammed Aslam in appreciation of his commitment and dedication. Today Aagrah Restaurant not only run the restaurant chain, the company also has a highly successful Event Catering business providing outdoor catering nationwide ranging from 50 to 5000 people. They also have a share of the home dining marketing through a range of Aagrah Tarka Cooking Sauces available in Asda and Coop. Aagrah also plays host to the biggest event of its kind, The Aagrah Business Dinner, in memory of the late Sajid Sabir, son of Aagrah Group Chairman. Now in its 34thyear the event is attended by over 800 business guests who collectively generate hundreds of millions of pounds for the economy. The company employs 400 people and over the years has raised over £2 million pounds for charitable causes.
Punishments For Drivers Who Shouldn’t Park In Disable Bays At Supermarkets Supermarket giants including Tesco, Asda and Aldi have revealed how they deal with shoppers who park in their disabled bays, when they shouldn’t- and Tesco is the harshest. Tesco will use an app to take pictures of drivers in the wrong bays, which will then be forwarded onto a parking enforcement company, Horizon Parking. The parking firm obtains driver details from the DVLA and issues a £40 penalty notice, rising to £70 unless it is paid within 14 days. A spokesman from Sainsbury’s said that the majority of their customers use parking spaces as they are intended. The spokesperson for the retailer said: “Our parking attendants patrol the disabled and parent/ child spaces. Most of our customers use them as intended but if they don’t, they will in the first instance be asked to move and if they refuse, they’ll be issued with a £60 Parking Charge Notice (fine).” Asda, meanwhile, said that they patrol their car parks 24 hours a day to deter irresponsible parkers. An Asda spokesman said: “We monitor our car
parks 24 hours a day and do as much as we can to prevent the misuse of disabled parking and parent and child bays. “Any customer found to be parking in a disabled bay who doesn’t have a valid blue badge or is misusing parent and child bays will receive a Parking Charge Notice. “This is to ensure these spaces are kept available for the customers who need them the most. If customers have any questions regarding this, our colleagues in store will be more than happy to help.” However, budget retailer Aldi said that they don’t have strict regulations. A spokesman for the German discounter said: “We offer parent and child, and disabled car parking spaces at all of our standard stores across the UK. These spaces are positioned in a convenient location to allow easy access to the store. “Although we don’t enforce strict regulations, these dedicated parking spaces are honoured and appreciated by the large majority of our customers.”
through their survey results. In the past year: Children at Waterthorpe NI School collected litter in their local area using litter pickers bought with their grant. Students from Firth Park Academy created a community garden in their local area. Angram Bank Primary School bought a fun bin for the school playground to stop children throwing litter. Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “What a brilliant event, meeting children and young people from schools across the City who, over the past ten years along with thousands of others, have given us their views. The survey helps us to hear what matters to our children and young people, that their voices are heard and that we can ensure that those views make a difference to the way we deliver services.”
The Bogus Car Insurance Broker Scam A car insurance scam is becoming widespread, and it’s one that could cost you your car, your driving licence, and even your home… What is the car insurance scam? The scam is very simple and plays on the public’s love of a bargain and the anonymity the Internet offers. At its most basic the criminal sets himself or herself up as an Internet car insurance broker. He or she then gives car insurance quotes that are way below the going rate; the so-called ‘ghost broker’ achieves this either by omitting any information that would otherwise bump up the cost, or by simply issuing a motor insurance certificate without ever taking out the corresponding insurance. The third, and most sophisticated version of the scam, involves the ghost broker taking out a genuine car insurance policy using authentic, un-doctored information. The victim receives a genuine car insurance certificate but the scammer then cancels the insurance policy shortly thereafter, pocketing the refund himself. In all cases the victim is left without valid car insurance despite having paid the premium in good faith. How common is it? Estimates vary but it is thought that up to 20,000 motorists in the United Kingdom could be driving around without having a valid car insurance policy. Aside from leaving them at risk of losing their car’s value in the
event of an accident or theft, the scam also leaves them at risk of being charged by the police with the offence of driving without insurance. If found guilty they face an unlimited fine, 6-8 penalty points on their driving licence and having their car seized. In some cases, they could even face having a discretionary driving ban imposed. The scam also leaves the victim vulnerable to civil action in the event of an accident. Without insurance cover in place to make good any financial loss incurred by another person they could find
themselves having to dig into their savings or even being forced to sell their home to pay the third party’s costs. Who is most at risk? The short answer is everyone. While younger drivers comprise the greatest percentage of those affected, ghost brokers are targeting everyone regardless of age and driving experience. How can I avoid it? You can avoid the scam by only using reputable car insurance providers that you have heard of. If you haven’t heard of them you can search for them on the British Insurance Brokers’ Association(BIBA), the industry’s association. BIBA can check whether a broker is a member or can put you in touch with one of its members that is local to you. You should also check that anyone claiming to be an insurance advisor is on the Financial Services Register and that the company you are insured with is a member of the Association of British Insurers. And you can check that your car is insured by checking the industry’s database at askMIDor by telephoning the insurance company direct to make sure that the policy is genuine and hasn’t been cancelled. The easiest way to protect yourself though is to only use a reputable company that you have heard of - and accept that if a deal sounds too good to be true it probably is...
The Facts About Food Waste Food is a valuable resource and yet in the UK around 15 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year. Almost 50% of this comes from our homes. DID YOU KNOW... Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten. Wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £60 a month. The waste of good food and drink is associated with 4% of
the UK's total water footprint. We throw away more food from our homes than packaging in the UK every year.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. WHY IS IT WASTED? There are two main reasons why we throw away good food: we cook or prepare too much or we don't use it in time. The foods we waste the most are fresh vegetables and salad, drink, fresh fruit, and bakery items such as bread and cakes. THE GOOD NEWS! Between 2007 and 2012 avoidable food waste has reduced by 21%, over 1 million tonnes... ...this amount of food would fill 23 million wheelie bins!
The Forgotten Book I witness a puse tea cup Gracefully Being slurped I envy The cakes fortunate fate Not a crumb left Everyone is serving a purpose I am ignored! In the heart of my torn pages I have a desire Wondering when I will be read again I sit imploring on a dusty shelf I see a vermillion leather book Graced in the hands of humans I feel inferior to them Like a plant looking up at a tree My presence is unfamiliar to everyone My spine is tattered My pages are crimp My face is dilapidated I contain a story hidden in the roots of history It’s a knowledge which has been forgotten But my story will always be alive Even if my cover fades My logic will live on It will spread It shall survive
Poet: Shaheryar A. Chishty
Mobile Phone Sanctions Need Tougher Reinforcement Police may be turning a blind eye as drivers defy a recently announced Government crackdown on using a phone while behind the wheel. The total of fixed penalty notices issued by police forces in England and Wales plunged by 43% between 2014 and 2015, and there seems little likelihood that matters have improved this year. Tougher penalties are due to take effect next year, thanks in part to pressure applied on the government by the RAC. There has been one tightening-up exercise already, in 2007, following the creation of the offence in 2003. RAC research released in September showed that the number of motorists that think it is acceptable to make a quick call doubled from 7% in 2014, to 14% in 2016, while a fifth (20%) now believe it is safe to check social media on their phone while stopped in traffic. And police forces seem unenthusiastic about devoting time and resources to pursuing those who flout the law, if new figures are any guide. Within the 43% fall, there are wide variations from one force to another in terms of how they performed in 2015 compared with the previous year.
RAC road safety spokesman said: “Law-abiding motorists who regularly see others using a handheld phone at the wheel, putting lives at risk, want to know that the law is being enforced. With a 27% decline in full-time roads policing officers since 2010 and little chance of an increase in numbers in the near future, we need to see all police forces giving greater priority to the enforcement of this offence. “And better enforcement needs to be backed up by more driver education about the true dangers of handheld mobile phone use, and a heavyweight road safety campaign akin to that which has been successful in making drink-driving socially unacceptable.”
SUPERHUMAN VISION A new bionic eye lens that is currently in development would give humans 3x 20/20 vision, at any age! An optometrist in British Columbia named Dr. Garth Webb is the person who developed this miracle lens in his pursuit to be able to optimize peoples eyesight regardless of their health or age. He named the lens the Ocumetics Bionic Lens! “With this remarkable lens, patients would have perfect vision, ending the need for driving glasses, progressive lenses, and contacts, all of which are set to become a dim memory as the eye-care industry is transformed.” One of the best parts about having this lens surgically inserted is that it will never get cataracts, be-
cause this remarkable lens replaces that of the recipient’s natural eye! According to Dr Webb, the most ideal age to have this lens inserted is 25 and above, because it is believed that the human eye is fully developed by that point. “This is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before, if you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away.” Dr Webb added. A custom made lens is folded in a saline-filled syringe and places into the eye, where it takes about 10 seconds for it to unravel into place. . According to Dr Webb, the surgery can be completed within 8 minutes and the results are immediate!
A Nation Of ‘Micro-Criminals’ As many as 74 per cent of British people are sneaky ‘micro-criminals’, according to new research from YouGov. From shoppers taking plastic bags without paying for them to people lying about their age to get a better deal, Brits aren’t afraid to commit a minor crime if it means they can save themselves some cash. More than four in ten (43 per cent) of people confessed to YouGov that they had paid someone cash-in-hand knowing that they won’t pay tax, making it the most common micro-crime. The second most commonly committed crime is illegally streaming TV shows, movies or music to avoid paying for entertainment. The research found men are more likely to be micro-criminals than women, 77 per cent vs 71 per cent respectively. And 78 per cent of middle class people are likely to have committed a micro-crime compared to 69 per cent of working class people. The 11 most commonly committed micro-crimes are: Paid someone cash-in-hand so that it costs less, knowing they won’t pay tax: 43%
Illegally streamed TV shows, movies or music: 28% Illegally downloaded TV shows, movies or music: 25% Avoided paying for a fare on public transport: 24% Told someone your food order was to take away rather than eat-in because it costs less: 22% Lied about your own age/situation to get a cheaper deal on something: 19% Taken a plastic bag at a supermarket without paying for it: 17% Lied about your child’s age to get a cheaper deal on something: 16% Refilled your drink without paying extra: 16% Eaten loose fruit/pic n’ mix at a store without paying for it: 12% Put a product through a self-service till for less than it should actually cost: 9% The poll found that middle class people are more likely to have committed a micro-crime than working class people (78% vs 69%). Your age and gender can also affect your temptation to commit a tiny crime. Men, the poll found, are more likely to be microcriminals than women (77% versus 71%). Meanwhile, just 68% of people aged 65 or older confessed to one of the mini offences, compared to 83% of 18-24s. But, YouGov pointed out, it may just be that older people are less likely to admit to their crimes. Who knows, perhaps we'll become better behaved with age. Or perhaps just better at lying.
Tomb Of Christ Opened For The First Time In Centuries Researchers have uncovered the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The tomb's surface had been covered by a thick layer of marble, according to an exclusive by National Geographic. This has now been removed to reveal the tomb for the first time since at least 1555 CE, and possibly much earlier. “The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back, and we were surprised by the amount of fill material beneath it," said Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence at the National Geographic Society working at the site. "It will be a long scientific analysis, but we will finally be able to see the original rock surface on which, according to tradition, the body of Christ was laid." The shelf on which the body of Christ is said to have rested after his crucifixion is now protected by a structure called an Edicule. Access to the tomb may also help researchers learn about what prompted Helena, the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine, to identify the site as Christ's tomb. The restoration of the tomb is due to be completed in the spring of 2017. The total costs of the project will run to more than $4 million (£3.3m). Donations to fund the restoration include a multimillion-dollar sum from King Abdullah II of Jordan. Six Christian sects have custody over the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the restorations required the consent of all of them before going ahead. They include the Greek Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church and the Armenian Orthodox Church.
UN Votes To Initiate Negotiation Process Of Nuclear Weapons Ban A UN General Assembly committee has voted to launch negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons despite fierce opposition from the world’s nuclear powers. A resolution presented by Austria, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil was adopted by a vote of 123 to 38, with 16 abstentions, following weeks of lobbying by the nuclear powers for ‘no’ votes. The non-binding resolution provides for negotiations to begin in March next year on the new treaty, citing deep concern over the “catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.” Four of the five UN Security Council nuclear powers – Britain, France, Russia and the United States – voted against the resolution while China
abstained, as did India and Pakistan. Japan, which has long campaigned against the use of nuclear weapons, voted against it, as did South Korea, which is facing a nuclear threat from North Korea. Opponents argued that nuclear disarmament should be addressed within negotiations on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). This treaty won’t eliminate nuclear weapons overnight. But it will establish a powerful, new international legal standard, stigmatising nuclear weapons and compelling nations to take urgent action on disarmament. The measure is expected to go to the full General Assembly for a vote in late November or early December.
MP Pushes Government To Tackle Hate Crime Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has challenged the Government to tackle the rise in hate crimes since the EU referendum. Mr Blomfield pressed the Attorney General on how the Crown Prosecution Service is responding to hate crime. The number of race and religious hate crimes rose by 41% in the month after the EU referendum. In his recent community consultation, the Big Conversation, Mr Blomfield also heard reports of victims not reporting incidents due to
fear of the consequences. Speaking after Attorney General's Questions in the House of Commons, Mr Blomfield said: “The EU referendum has unleashed some disturbing behaviour that has no place in our society. Across the country we have seen some vicious assaults and increased abuse. A lot of people in Sheffield are worried about it and want to know that the Government is doing everything it can to stop it.”
Sheffield MP Takes Key Brexit Role Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has taken a key post in Labour's newly created front bench team to hold the Government to account on the negotiations for Britain's departure from the European Union. He will be a Shadow Minister for Brexit in the team led by the new Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit, former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer MP. Mr Blomfield said: "I've just completed my annual community consultation, the Big Conversation, meeting more than 1,000 people in 40 events across the city. Brexit was one of the issues raised most often, with deep concerns about the risks to jobs, the NHS and our universities. I'm delighted to have this opportunity to challenge the Government every step of the way to ensure that we get the best possible deal for our city and our country. Last week's Conservative Party Conference showed that, without any agreement among themselves, the Government is stumbling to disaster and it will be ordinary people who pay the price. I'm pleased to be part of a strong team that will hold them to account. "
What Does Your Handshake Say About You?
Greetings can be a ‘handful’ sometimes We’ve all been there. Walking into a room of people you don’t know, palms sweating and awkward eye contact in every direction. The inevitable handshake is coming, you just don’t know when. Here we look at the different types of handshakes you could have in your arsenal and the impact you could have on your acquaintance. The ‘wet fish’ Leaving your hand limp and producing a loose grip with your fellow handshaker results in a ‘wet fish’. A very awkward shake that is not recommended and is often caused due to sweaty palms, nerves and/or poor accuracy. Conclusion: You will leave a lasting impression but for all the wrong reasons. Conversation may seem like it flows like a salmon downstream through the night, but at the back of the other person’s mind, there will always be doubts about your ‘fishy’ character. The ‘over-aggressive’ Keep your hand strong and lock into that shake like your life depends on it. An accelerated shake speed can also make the ‘over-aggressive’ approach feel like near torture for your greeter. Conclusion: You either come across as the dominant group member or a bit of a psychopath if you can’t back up your actions with your words. Either way, at least you aren’t one to back away
from a granite gripped greeting. The ‘high-fiver’ Forget formalities when someone offers their hand, simply slap it with yours and accept the high five approach. Depending on the power you generate in your slap, results can vary quite significantly. Conclusion: Some will think, ‘does this guy think I’m 12?’ while others will love the informality of it all. A risk at the more formal events but a potential perfect manoeuvre for a teen’s birthday. The ‘don’t touch me’ Either use your fingertips to brush your new acquaintance’s hand or just flat out ignore the invitation to shake. Confidence and arrogance are needed in the bucket-loads here. Conclusion: You seem rude from the offset, meaning conversation and relations will suffer as a result. Do this if you dislike the person you are speaking with - or just enjoy being ‘that guy’. The ‘smashed it’ Keep that hand limber and know who your target is. Reach out your invitation and ensure you lock in to that shake like you’re greeting your hero. Conclusion: You are on your way to the top. You’ve nailed the handshake, the bartender tells you it’s 2-for-1 on drinks all night and that red wine you knocked over falls over the ‘don’t touch me’ handshaker. You have won at life today.
Government Formally Drops Academies Legislation The government is dropping a bill to convert all schools to academies, announced in the Queen's speech. The Education Bill was based on a white paper which initially suggested all schools in England would be compelled to become academies. But the element of compulsion was dropped after protests from councils and, instead, the bill encouraged schools to convert. Education Secretary Justine Greening said no new legislation was required. In a written Parliamentary statement Ms Greening said: "Our ambition remains that all schools should benefit from the freedom and autonomy that academy status brings. Our focus, however, is on building capacity in the system and encouraging schools to convert voluntarily. "No changes to legislation are required for these purposes and therefore we do not require wider education legislation in this session to make progress on our ambitious education agenda." The element of compulsion was dropped by the government after protests from many councils, including the mainly Conservative members of the County Council Network, who were opposed to forcing high-performing schools in their areas to convert. Academies are independently run - but statefunded - schools, overseen by a not-for-profit business, known as an academy trust. They are often part of a chain.
The original plans would have required all schools to convert to academy status, or have plans to do so, by 2022. The statement clears the way for draft plans to be brought forward, including Theresa May's proposals for more grammar schools in England. The Prime Minister announced plans last month to reverse Labour's 1998 ban on new grammar schools. In many ways it was an inevitable step. By the time an education bill was announced in the Queen's speech on May 18th, its key component had already been dropped in an embarrassing Uturn. The suggestion that all state schools overseen by councils should be forced to become academies had provoked ire on the Conservative back benches. Many county councils felt they were doing a good job, and should be left alone. They argued that academisation was the solution for schools that were failing or chronically underperforming. It was this stiff opposition from the shires and counties that made the U-turn unavoidable. Since then the political landscape has changed beyond recognition. Theresa May has put her own stamp firmly on education policy with a green paper suggesting more schools should be able to select pupils on academic ability. The consultation ends in mid-December, and a white paper may follow in the spring.
UK Retains Seat At UN Human Rights Council The UK has today been successful in its bid for election to the UN Human Rights Council for the term January 2017 – December 2019. This follows an eleven month campaign, resulting in a high number of votes from countries around the world. Following the announcement of the election results in New York, Human Rights Minister Baroness Anelay said: I am delighted that the UK has been re-elected to serve a further three year term on the Human Rights Council. The UK has been a strong advocate of the vital work of the Council since its inception, and we are honoured to continue to serve as a member. The UK works tirelessly to protect vulnerable people from discrimination and to champion global causes including ending modern slavery and violence against women and girls, and promoting the universal right to freedom of religion or belief. We will continue to use our voice to help strengthen the Council, to support countries working to improve their human rights record and to hold to account nations that commit serious and systematic violations against their citizens as we did recently leading a strong resolution at a Special Session at the Human Rights Council to address the deplorable situation in Aleppo. I thank those who supported our candidacy and look forward to working closely with the Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and civil society to deliver our election pledges.”
The General Assembly voted Russia off the U.N. Human Rights Council, a stunning rebuke to the country which is increasingly being accused of war crimes over its actions in Syria. The 193-member General Assembly elected 14 members to 47-nation council, the U.N.’s main body charged with promoting and protecting human rights. Russia, which received 112 votes, lost its regional seat to Hungary, with 144 votes, and Croatia with 112 votes. Russia’s mission to the U.N. did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China, Brazil, Rwanda, Hungary, Cuba, South Africa, Japan, Tunisia, the U.S. and U.K. all won seats on the council. Guatemala was the only country running for a seat beside Russia to not be elected. Human rights groups had called for countries to reject the candidacies of Russia and Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Yemen. Saudi Arabia’s election, however, was a foregone conclusion since it was running unopposed for its regional seat. “In rejecting Russia’s bid for re-election to the Human Rights Council, U.N. member states have sent a strong message to the Kremlin about its support for a regime that has perpetrated so much atrocity in Syria,” said Louis Charbonneau, U.N. director at Human Rights Watch. “Next year, U.N. member states should make sure that all regional groups have real competition so no one is guaranteed victory.”
New Microsoft Augmented Reality “Hololens” Mr Shumile J. Chishty Microsoft announced new HoloLens featured at their Windows 10 event. The new software for the HoloLens, is an augmented reality (AR) headset, augmented reality, also known as ‘mixed reality’, is slightly different to virtual reality in which the real environment and virtual reality are blended whereas virtual reality is without the real environment. The HoloLens allows users to browse the Web with hand gestures and view virtual 3-D objects in real-world environments. In addition, these features let you shop online and view furniture in any room of your house, before you buy it. Beyond AR (augmented reality), the new update also enables more immersive virtual reality experiences. The holographic app HoloTour, allows users to immerse themselves in visually well-known environments, transporting wearers to virtual landscapes such as the Eiffel tower in Paris. These stylish new features blur the lines between augmented and virtual reality. With its wide field of view and transparent display, the HoloLens can act as an AR and a VR headset.
But that won't help consumers who can't afford the HoloLens' £2463. Luckily, Microsoft also announced that they're opening up the platform to third-party manufacturers: They are working with other companies to develop non-Microsoft headsets, which will be available for as little as £245 and still capable of running the HoloLens' software. This will make the VR experience more affordable, and so reaches out to more users. From the start of 2017, you too can preview how virtual furniture will look around your room.
Tenth Of Adults At Risk Of Diabetes By 2035 Health experts are warning that one in 10 adults in the UK will be at risk of developing diabetes by 2035. For the first time, Public Health England forecasts the number of people with the disease could top five million if obesity rates continue to increase. About 90% of patients have type 2 diabetes, which is linked to being overweight. A separate analysis says the cost of treating the UK's "diabetes epidemic" could soar to 17% of the NHS budget. Experts are warning the burden of treating diabetes, especially new cases of type 2, could bankrupt the NHS. Statisticians at Public Health England have published a new forecast for the number of people who will develop diabetes in the coming years. Their analysis includes type one, which is an auto-immune disease and accounts for about 10% of cases in the UK. But the remaining 90% have type 2, which can be affected by where you come from and your family history, but in most cases is associated with being overweight. In 2015, there were around 3.8 million people living with diabetes in England alone. If obesity rates remain stable, Public Health England predicts that by 2035 that figure could have leapt to 4.9 million. But if obesity rates increase by 3% every five years, an extra 263,000 people will have developed diabetes by 2035, putting the overall figure at more than five million. At the same time, an analysis of the costs of
treating complications associated with diabetes shows how they could spiral out of control. York Health Economics Consortium says that across the UK, the NHS currently spends about 10% of its entire budget on diabetic care. But researchers predict that figure could rise to 17% if rates continue to grow. Type 2 Diabetes Diabetes is a condition that causes a person's blood sugar to become too high. Type 1 Diabetes can develop at any age, but often begins in childhood. It is not related to diet or lifestyle Type 2 is far more common than type 1, but is still rare in childhood. It is usually seen in adults and is often associated with obesity Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications, including kidney failure, blindness and heart disease It's the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in people of working age Type 2 diabetes is also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation, other than accidents People with type 2 diabetes are up to five times more likely to have cardiovascular disease, such as a stroke, than those without diabetes Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include feeling very thirsty; passing urine more often than usual, particularly at night; feeling very tired; weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
Misbah Ul Haq Becomes 3rd Best Asian Test Captain
Misbah Ul Haq becomes the third best test Asian captain in history of cricket by winning his 10th series. Misbah clinched this title after his team defeated England at Sharjah. Pakistan won the series 2-0. Since his appointment as Pakistan’s Test captain in 2010, Misbah has led Pakistan in 20 bilateral Test series, of them the win against West Indies was his 10th series win as captain, the highest by any Test captain from the sub-continent. He has surpassed the Indian duo of Saurav Ganguly and MS Dhoni, who both had won nine Test series each. For Pakistan, next to Misbah is Javed Miandad who had led Pakistan in eight series victories. Of 20 series under Misbah, Pakistan has lost only thrice, while seven series ended as draw.
Militants Kill 60 In Police Cadet College Attack Officials blamed a Pakistani Taliban faction for the attack, but ISIS has claimed responsibility. Militants killed at least 60 people at a police training college near the western Pakistani city of Quetta overnight on 24th October. Three armed attackers wearing suicide vests entered the college, which houses 700 trainee police officers, and began shooting cadets in their sleeping quarters. Officials have blamed a faction of the Pakistani Taliban for the attack, but the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) also claimed responsibility via its Amaq news agency. Troops were deployed and the attackers exchanged gunfire with them for several hours. The fighting ended after one of the militants was killed by security forces and the other two detonated their bomb vests. The police college is in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province. The provincial government spokesman Anwarullah Kakar
reported, in addition to the 60 dead, 118 people had been injured in the attack. The chief of the paramilitary force that led the counter-operation, Major General Sher Afgan, said that intercepted communications showed the militants belonged to a faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, which is affiliated to the Pakistani Taliban. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has not claimed responsibility for the attack. Afgan added that the militants had been in communication with operatives in Afghanistan. Quetta lies close to the Afghan border, and it is one of the most sensitive areas in Pakistan, with Balochistan nationalists demanding greater autonomy and Islamist militants launching regular attacks. At least 70 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a hospital in Quetta city in August. Both ISIS and a faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
School Pupil Exclusions On The Rise tackle "poor behaviour". The largest rises were seen in Middlesbrough, Barnsley and North Lincolnshire. Both Barnsley and Middlesbrough also had the highest exclusion rates, with both having the equivalent of one exclusion for every six pupils last year. Not only has the number of fixed term exclusions increased, but the average number of days children are excluded for has increased steadily over three years - from 4.18 days in 2012-13, to 4.23 in 2013-14 and 4.38 in 2014-15. There might be a correlation between particularly high levels of exclusions and wider economic uncertainty in some areas. Families in financial difficulty, or with difficult personal circumstances are examples of this, so that could explain the regional variations in the statistics. It may also be that School finances were "at breaking point" meaning some measures which might stave off the need for exclusions, such as counselling, support work or clubs, "may be lost". There may be a "perfect storm" in some parts of England where long-term unemployment, local authority service cuts, teacher shortages and a lack of available provision for children with special educational needs was severely damaging the prospects of some children. Persistent disruptive behaviour accounted for the lion's share - 79,590 - of fixed term exclusions, followed by 52,710 for verbal abuse, and 54,370 for assaulting a pupil. More than 8,000 pupils were excluded for drug and alcohol offences and 2,250 related to sexual misconduct. Bullying accounts for about 3,000 of fixed term excluSome councils where large rises have been recorded sions and 30 permanent exclusions each year. said the increase reflected a greater willingness to Every school has a behaviour policy, which lists the rules of conduct for pupils before and after school as well as during the school day. Schools can punish pupils if they behave badly. Examples of punishments (sometimes called ‘sanctions’) include: a telling-off a letter home removal from a class or group confiscating something inappropriate for school , eg mobile phone or MP3 player detention Headteachers can exclude/expell your child if they misbehave in or outside school. The number of pupils expelled from schools in some parts of England has risen by more than 300% in three years. There were 5,800 permanent exclusions in 2014-15 compared with 4,630 three years ago, government figures show. Permanent exclusion means your child is expelled. Your local council must arrange full-time education from the sixth school day. Fixed term or temporary exclusions rose from 267,520 to 302,980 in the same period. A fixed period exclusion is where your child is temporarily removed from school. They can only be removed for up to 45 school days in one school year, even if they’ve changed school. If a child has been excluded for a fixed period, schools should set and mark work for the first 5 school days. If the exclusion is longer than 5 school days, the school must arrange suitable fulltime education from the sixth school day, eg at a pupil referral unit.
Shahid Afridi Set To Release Autobiography In 2017 Pakistan cricket all-rounder Boom Boom Shahid Afridi is set to release his memoir in 2017. The book titled Shahid Afridi: An Autobiography is being penned with the help of famous Journalist and TV anchor Wajahat Saeed Khan. The autobiography will give an interesting account of cricket’s most exciting player, who as a 16-year-old blasted a record-breaking hundred against Sri Lanka in 1996. The Sahibzada from Karachi also holds the record of hitting the most sixes (351) in the history of ODI cricket, along with being the highest wicket-taker (97) in T20 internationals. Afridi will open up about his life through this book, including stories, which he has never shared in the public domain before. Speaking to the media, Afridi said: “In all my years of cricket, I’ve given hundreds of interviews and done dozens of TV shows, but what you will read in my memoir are the stories and thoughts I’ve never shared openly. I have a lot to say: about my confidence, my fears, my adversaries, my ambitions, my
goals and failures. “In the book, I’ve opened up about my rivalries and my alliances, particularly those with India, as well as my infatuation with the military and my take on politics. It was a tall order to get myself ready to do this, but I’m proud to join hands with a fine storyteller and journalist like Wajahat bhai.” The publisher has described Shahid Afridi’s autobiography as “big-hitting and no holds barred.” Besides his connection with the book, Wajahat has had an interesting rendezvous with Afridi so far. Commenting on this, Khan said: “He may be the most in-your-face cricketer Pakistan or even South Asia has ever produced, but Afridi isn’t an open-and-shut case to study. Interviewing and working with one of the greatest and most complicated cricketing icons wasn’t just exciting, it was also quite scary.” Fans are eager to read Shahid Afridi’s autobiography, as one can expect him to make explosive revelations in the book.
Portuguese Star Wins 2016 Golden Boy Award
The midfielder became the youngest player to win the European Championships as Portugal lifted Euro 2016. Portugal international, Renato Sanches has been named the winner of the 2016 Golden Boy Award beating Nigerian duo,Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi. The Golden Boy award is for a young player in Europe considered to be the best among his peers in a calendar year. It has been a hugely successful year for the midfielder who became the youngest player to win the European Championships as Portugal beat France in the final to lift Euro 2016. He was also 19-year-old was voted Young Player of the tournament. Under the year in review, Sanches also signed for
Bayern Munich from Portuguese side, Benfica. He will be presented with a trophy at a Monte Carlo ceremony for this award that was decided by votes voted from journalists from 30 newspapers across Europe. He beat Manchester United youngster, Marcus Rashford who came second in the vote and Bayern's Kingsley Coman who is third. Other players nominated include AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Gabriel Barbosa, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, and Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele. Manchester United forward, Antony Martial won the last edition while other previous winners include, Raheem Sterling (2014),Paul Pogba (2013), Isco (2012) Lionel Messi (2005), Cesc Fabregas (2006) and Mario Balotelli (2010).
Yasir Jan Making Waves In Pakistan As Ambidextrous Bowler
Pakistan cricket has found a unique bowler in Yasir Jan who can bowl with both arms and has the potential to be a future asset for the Men in Green. Young exciting prospect Yasir Jan from Charsadda could prove to be a unique asset for Pakistan cricket in the future. Yasir is pushing the boundaries with his fast pace ambidextrous bowling. Ambidextrous bowling, although not unheard of, is being able to bowl with either hand comfortably. Jan is currently bowling 145 kph with his right hand and 135 kph with the left. Pakistan legends Hanif Mohammed, Sarfraz Nawaz and Imran Khan were first to introduce innovation via the ‘reverse sweep’ and ‘reverse swing’ and Jan is hoping to do the same with his bowling. With no current restrictions, ambidextrous bowlers have been able to switch arms during an over, bringing a more fresh perspective to the game. Under the rules of the game, the bowler has to notify the umpire when changing hands. Aged 21, Yasir has already signed a 10-year contract with Lahore Qalandars as part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Signing up with the PSL is an outstanding achievement considering Jan comes from
an underprivileged background. Speaking to the media about his goals and aspirations a confident Jan said: “Now I’ve got a good platform so with hard work I hope to achieve my goal of playing for Pakistan, my country. To go to the biggest grounds around the world and the best players. This is my goal and my dream.” He further added: “I’ve been bowling with both arms since I was a kid. Waqar bhai and Wasim bhai were bowling in 2003 when I saw my first World Cup.” “I really liked watching them. I’d copy them. And I kept working and working at it and I got good. And it’s helped me get picked.” First spotted at the Lahore Qalandars Jazz Rising Star T20 tournament, Jan was 1 in 113,000 individuals striving to change their lives. It was his bowling that stole the show during the tournament. With already over 112,000 views on YouTube and fan pages being created, Yasir is causing a stir amongst the cricket fraternity. Yasir Jan has a promising career ahead, hoping to be Pakistan cricket’s next hot property. Other ambidextrous cricketers that have represented their country include Akshay Karnewar of India and Kamindu Mendis from Sri Lanka.
Philippines President ‘Swears To Stop Swearing’ Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, known for his ‘colorful’ language, swears he's going to stop swearing. Duterte claims that the inspiration for cleaning up his vocabulary came from God himself as he was flying back from a visit to Japan. “Everybody was asleep, snoring, but a voice said, ‘if you don't stop (cursing), I will bring this plane down now.’ And I questioned, ‘Who is this?’ of course, it was God,” the President recounted after he landed at Davao International Airport. Duterte - who recently questioned the existence of God - said, “I promised God not to use slang and cuss word.” When those in attendance for his arrival speech began to applaud his declaration, he stopped them. “Don't applaud too much, I might fail,” he said. The question is how long can he keep his promise?
2018 Polls Will Bring Political Demise Of Opposition, Claims Nawaz Opposition’s politics of dharnas will meet its end in the 2018 general elections, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said recently. He was addressing a public gathering at the Qila Ground, Kohat. “If the government’s successful journey continues uninterrupted till 2018, the opposition’s politics of protests and sit-ins will meet its end. The government’s efforts to bring economic stability and start mega development projects has made the opposition realise they face defeat in 2018,” he said. The prime minister said that Pakistan was destined to become a developed state. “The fact that their political careers will end by 2018 worries them. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)
should be changed for the better. We will bring that change,” he said. “They have not done anything in KP over the past three years. The PML-N government will come to power in KP as well in 2018,” the prime minister said. The PM said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would once again emerge victorious in the upcoming general elections. The PM said that the KP government had deceived the masses by raising the slogan of change. “This never happened and the provincial government did not focus on the uplift of the province,” he said. “The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will bring prosperity and progress to Pakistan,” Nawaz said, adding that load-shedding would end by 2018. The PM announced a development package, including gas provision, a new road, hospital, railway service and a university campus for Kohat. The gas project will cost Rs 3.9 billion and will benefit people of Kohat, Khushal Garh, Shairkot, Alizai, Nusrat Pur, Dhoda and Chorluki. He said that a highway would link Kohat, Jand and Pindi Gaib. “The road will be linked to the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway,” he said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said orders for the construction of the road had already been issued to the National Highways Authority. The PM announced to establish a state-of-the-art hospital and a campus of the Kohat University for women in the city. The prime minister said a rail service would also be started from Rawalpindi to Kohat. He announced a grant of Rs200 million for district and Rs100 million for tehsil councils.
London Named Best City In The World For Quality Of Life London has left behind Paris and New York to claim the title of best city in the world for quality of life, according to a new study. According to the report, London registers as a dynamic city, scoring well across the board in 29 of 36 image attributes. Its top attributes include having a well-developed infrastructure, being connected to the rest of the world, and having a well-developed legal framework. Runner up Paris was lauded for cultural influence, including attractions and cultural trendsetting, and was in the top-three-ranked cities in terms of entertainment and cuisine. New York, which came third, was described as the ‘leader’ for its economic influence and ability to provide easy access to capital. Here’s a complete list of the world’s 30 best perceived cities: 1. London 2. Paris 3. New York 4. Amsterdam 5. Sydney 6. Berlin 7. Tokyo 8. Toronto
9. Stockholm 10. Los Angeles 11. San Francisco 12. Dubai 13. Milan 14. Madrid 15. Chicago 16. Hong Kong 17. Singapore 18. Beijing 19. Seoul 20. Rio 21. Shanghai 22. Moscow 23. Johannesburg 24. Kuala Lumpur 25. Mexico City 26. São Paulo 27. Mumbai 28. Jakarta 29. Bogotá 30. Lagos
Pakistan; 400th Test; 64 Years until Abdul Qadir bettered it in 1987.
Pakistans 400th test match went down in history as a historic match, being played in Dubai with a pink ball under flood lights. Pakistan defeated West Indies in an interesting contest by 56 runs in the first of the 3 matches against the side. Chasing a difficult target of 346, the West Indies were all out for 289 runs, with 12 overs left. 1st Test — vs India, Delhi, 1952: It had been five years since India and Pakistan were independent. Few who had represented India before partition were now in Pakistan camp. Among them was the new international side’s first skipper Abdul Hafeez Kardar. A war had already been fought between the nations. The Test started on October 16, 1952 (almost 64 years to the day). A record 109-run last wicket stand between Hemu Adhikari and Ghulam Ahmed put India to a strong position and made a difference before Vinoo Mankad’s 13-for dismantled their batting. The Test debutants suffered an innings defeat against the side who went on to be their arch-rivals. The positive bit was Hanif Mohammad, who kept wickets in that game. Hanif became the first Pakistani batsman to register a Test fifty.
The innings defeat win helped Pakistan level series 1-1 but third Test in Mumbai and eventually the series 2-1.
1st win — vs India, Lucknow, 1952: A Test later, it was Pakistan who had the laugh. Wisden notes: ‘With Hazare, Adhikari and Mankad unable to appear, India were as unconvincing as Pakistan had been in the previous Test.’. Fazal Mahmood derailed the Indian batting in both the innings on a matting pitch in Lucknow’s University ground. He became the first Pakistani to claim a five-for and register a 10-wicket haul in Test cricket. In the same Test, opener Nazar Mohammad from Lahore, became Pakistan’s first Test centurion and also the first from the nation to carry his bat.
100th Test — vs Australia, Melbourne, 1979: It was pacer Sarfraz Nawaz, who produced one of the greatest spells to make Pakistan’s 100th Test special. It was 4.30pm on the final afternoon. All Australia needed was 77 to win and had 7 wickets intact. What happened next was surreal. The match was over 65 balls later. Australia did not notch up the runs, they managed only 5. Sarfraz had given away only one from them in his 33 deliveries and claimed all 7 remaining wickets! And it started with the centurion Allan Border. The game has not seen many better exhibitions of reverse swing. Sarfraz’s 9 for 86 was Pakistan’s best bowling figures in an innings
200th Test — vs England, Old Trafford, 1992: Pakistan had won the World Cup earlier that year. Imran Khan had retired and Javed Miandad took charge yet again. This was a memorable series for Pakistan. After a draw at Edgbaston, Pakistan won the Lord’s Test and the third match of the series was their 200th Test. The rain-affected game was dominated by Pakistan but will be best remembered for the controversy involving Miandad, Aaqib Javed and umpire Roy Palmer. Palmer had warned Aaqib for intimidating bowling against Devon Malcolm and later was involved in an ugly spat with Miandad. Pakistan were fined 40 percent of their match fee, Aaqib his entire fees. There was controversy involving players, managers and brought back memories of the Shakoor Rana and Mike Gatting However, the Test had brilliant performances too, most notably Aamer Sohail’s double ton and Wasim Akram’s five-for. England won the fourth Test at Leeds while Pakistan completed a win at The Oval to take the series 2-1. 300th Test — vs India, Multan 2004: This was memorable but not for Pakistani fans. The Test will be remembered for Virender Sehwag’s 309. He became the first Indian to register a triple hundred. The game had its share of controversy when India’s stand-in skipper Rahul Dravid declared the innings with Sachin Tendulkar stranded at 194. Tendulkar went on to express his displeasure in the press conference but all was well in the Indian camp after they registered a memorable victory. Pakistani bowlers were made to practice on the same pitch after the Test. Their champion spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was meted out harsh treatment by Sehwag. He went onto concede 204 runs from his 43 overs and never played for Pakistan again.
Education: Needs And Benefits Dr A Q Khan
Nobody can deny the necessity of a good education and its benefits. Before Partition, only a small percentage of Muslims were educated while the majority of Hindus were well educated. Immediately after Partition, Quaid-e-Azam emphasised the need of education in these words: “Education does not merely mean academic education. You have to build the character of our future generations, which means highest sense of honour, integrity and selfless service to the nation and a sense of responsibility.” He also said: “There is an immediate and urgent need for training our people in scientific and technical education in order to build up our future economic life …. do not forget that we have to compete with the world which is moving very fast in this direction.” Our Holy Prophet (pbuh), advised Muslims in these words: “Seek knowledge even if you have to go all the way to China.” Gen Hakim Arshad Qureshi, former commander of the SSG pointed out: “A nation that does not honour its intelligentsia is not likely to find new ones in future. This is a lesson from history; it is surely doomed forever.” The famous British/American educationist and philosopher, Prof Alfred North Whitehead, emphasised the importance of education, science and technology in these words: “In the conditions of modern life, the rule is absolute: the race which does not value trained intelligence is doomed. Not all your heroism, not all your social charm, not all your wit, not all your victories on land or at sea, can move back the finger of fate.
Today we maintain ourselves, tomorrow science will have moved over yet one more step and there will be no appeal from the judgement which will be pronounced on the uneducated.” The famous scientist and Nobel Laureate, Prof Albert Einstein, expressed the importance of education in these words: “No amount of experience will turn a person of mediocre talent into a genius.” “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, more violent. It takes the touch of a genius and a lot of courage to move into the opposite direction.” And the famous British scientist/educationist, Thomas Huxley, said: “Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learnt and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.” Another Western philosopher, Peter Brougham, points out the importance of education in these words: “Education makes a people easy to lead, difficult to drive, easy to govern but impossible to enslave.” John Locke beautifully explains the process of learning in these words: “Learning (education) is a process that never ends.” Our own famous Nobel Laureate, Prof A Salam, had this to say: “For 500 years, from 700 to 1200 AD, Islam led the world in power, order and ex-
Improve Your Handwashing To Fight Flu Washing your hands, particularly after catching a sneeze, is one of the most effective ways of combating the disease as it can be spread by touching. Flu is a highly infectious illness which spreads rapidly in closed communities and even people with mild or no symptoms can infect others. It is caught through droplets of saliva spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can then be breathed in or picked up by touching surfaces where the droplets have landed. The single best way to prevent flu is to get a flu vacation if you are entitled to one but that still leaves many children and adults who aren’t eligible. Hand washing is the next best way of preventing the spread of flu. You can prevent the spread of the virus by always carrying tissues, using them to catch sneezes, disposing of the tissue and then washing your hands. It’s not just a case of running your hands quickly under the tap – you need to rub your hands together for about 20 seconds with soap and warm water. As well as flu, you could be protecting you and your family from a whole host of other bacteria and viruses. It’s amazing the number of people you see who don’t wash their hands after sneezing. Flu can be bad enough when you’re healthy, but people in at risk groups are 11 times more likely to experience complications if they get the flu than a ‘healthy person’.” There are six steps to handwashing effectively: Wet your hands Apply the soap Rubbing your hands together for around twenty seconds Making sure to clean between your fingers, palms, thumbs, the back of your hands and under the nails Rising your hands Drying your hands with a clean paper towel or air-drying them
tent of government, in refinement of manners, in standard of living, in literature, in scholarship, in science, in medicine, in justice and in philosophy.” Hazrat Ali pointed out that: “The number of innumerable fools have made the learned scarce.” He also said: “There are many educated people who have ruined their future on account of their ignorance of religion. Their knowledge did not prove of any avail to them.” Harvard President, Derek Bok, once said: “If you think that education is expensive, try ignorance.” He further pointedly said: “If you want to destroy a university, hire the most brilliant faculty.” The Rector of Imperial College, London pointed out the secret of development as: “The progress and prosperity of a nation is the reflection of the achievements of its engineering profession.” An African proverb says: “If you educate a man, you educate a person, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family.” Victor Hugo, the famous philosopher, said: “He who opens a school, closes a prison.” US President Thomas Jefferson said: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” Another US President, Calvin Coolidge, said: “The world is full of intellectual derelicts.” Our Holy Prophet (pbuh) said: “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living
Shahbaz Files 26 Billion Rupees Defamation Suit Against Imran
from the dead.” Chinese philosopher Kuan Chung said: “When you sow a seed once, you reap a single harvest. But when you educate the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.” According to Shaikh Saadi, the education (and knowledge) a child receives in the first few years is the most important education of its life. According to World Bank reports, a good primary education has many positive influences on the upbringing of children. It helps them to learn better in their future lives. Here are some divine edicts about education and knowledge. “Those truly fear Allah among His servants who have knowledge.” (Surah Fatir). “Are those equal who know and those who do not know? It is those who are endowed with understanding that receive admonition.” (Surah Zumar) “Allah will raise up to suitable ranks those who believe and who have been granted knowledge.” (Surah Mujadalah) “Can the blind be held equal to the seeing? Will you then consider not?” (Surah Al-Anaam) “Allah grants wisdom to whom he pleases and he to whom wisdom is granted receives indeed a benefit overflowing.” (Surah Baqarah) “We explain the Signs in detail for those who understand.” (Surah A’raaf) It should be emphasised here that illiteracy is no substitute for education. Bad education is no substitute for good education. School education is no substitute for higher education. Mediocre institutional education and training is no substitute for higher professional education. But above all, no education or training is a substitute for wisdom and you don’t learn or acquire wisdom. It is a God-given blessing and gift. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Bionic’ Plants Can Detect Explosives Scientists have transformed the humble spinach plant into a bomb detector. By embedding tiny tubes in the plants' leaves, they can be made to pick up chemicals called nitro-aromatics, which are found in landmines and buried munitions. Real-time information can then be wirelessly relayed to a handheld device. The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) work is published in the journal Nature Materials. The scientists implanted nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes (tiny cylinders of carbon) into the leaves of the spinach plant. It takes about 10 minutes for the spinach to take up the water into the leaves. To read the signal, the researchers shine a laser onto the leaf, prompting the embedded nanotubes to emit near-infrared fluorescent light. This can be detected with a small infrared camera connected to a small, cheap Raspberry Pi computer. The signal can also be detected with a smartphone by removing the infrared filter most have. The plants could be use for defence applications, but also to monitor public spaces for terrorism related activities, since we show both water and airborne detection. Such plants could be used to monitor groundwater seepage from buried munitions or waste that contains nitro-aromatics. The researchers can pick up a signal from about 1m away from the plant, and they are now working on increasing that distance.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has filed a Rs 26 billion defamation suit against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan. According to reports, the notices were sent to Khan's residence in Lahore's Zaman Park and Islamabad's Bani Gala. Earlier, PTI chief Imran Khan had alleged that Javed Sadiq - a Canadian businessman of Pakistani origin and executive director of China State Construction Engineering Corporation - had been acting as a frontman for Shahbaz and had made billions of rupees in commissions. "He has raked in 15 billion rupees, and has an additional 26 billion rupees by now," Imran claimed. "He is Shahbaz's frontman," the PTI chief said. The notices state that if Khan does not revoke his accusations, the defamation suit against him will be pursued in full force.
Ronaldo And Messi Go Head-To-Head For Ballon d’Or Again Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will resume their perennial battle to be crowned the world's best footballer after they headed the shortlist of 30 players for the 2016 Ballon d'Or announced recently. Barcelona's Argentine great Messi, who took the honour for a record fifth time last year, or Real Madrid's Portuguese three-time winner Ronaldo have taken the coveted accolade every year since 2007, when AC Milan's Kaka won. Despite a dip in form this season, Ronaldo, who inspired Portugal to the Euro 2016 title and Real Madrid to the Champions League crown last season, is hot favourite to regain his title. He is one of six Real Madrid players on the list with Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Pepe as the European champions boast more candidates than any other club. Messi and his two Barcelona striking partners, Neymar and Luis Suarez, scorers of more than a century of goals between them in 2016, also feature on the list along with team mate Andres Iniesta. Romantics will be delighted to see that Leicester City, fairytale winners of the Premier League, are represented by pauper-to-prince striker Jamie Vardy and England's players' player of the year, Algerian Riyad Mahrez. Mahrez and Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the only players on the list who hail from outside Europe or South America. France, with Antoine Griezmann, Hugo Lloris, Dimitri Payet and Paul Pogba, and Argentina, with Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala, are the best-represented nations with four players each. France Football magazine, who have awarded the Ballon d'Or every year since 1956, an-
nounced the shortlist, with the winner set to be announced in January. For the past six years it was the FIFA Ballon d'Or until world football's governing body ended its association with the award in September. Shortlist: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/Argentina) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Gabon) Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/Wales) Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/Italy) Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/Belgium) Paulo Dybala (Juventus/Argentina) Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/Uruguay) Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/France) Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus/Argentina) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United/Sweden) Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain) Koke (Atletico Madrid/Spain) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/Germany) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland) Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/France) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City/Algeria) Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina) Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia) Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich/Germany) Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany) Neymar (Barcelona/Brazil) Dimitri Payet (West Ham/France) Pepe (Real Madrid/Portugal) Paul Pogba (Manchester United/France) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain) Rui Patricio (Sporting/Portugal) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal) Luis Suarez (Barcelona/Uruguay) Jamie Vardy (Leicester City/England) Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich/Chile)
Saudi Arabia To Increase Visa Fees Fees come as the kingdom tries to plug the gap in its finances caused by the slump in the oil price Saudi Arabia will increase charges for visas for people to visit the country in order to complete Islamic pilgrimages. The ruling Council of Ministers, chaired by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, announced that anyone applying for a visit to complete the Hajj for a second time will be charged SR2000 (£410) for each visit. The same fee with apply for people wishing to complete the Umrah, but one that can be completed at any point in the year, for a second time. A visa for the first visit for Hajj will remain free. Prices for general visits will increase to SR200 (£41) for a two-month visa and SR300 (£61) for three. Saudi Arabia imposes strict quotas on the number of Muslims who are granted special Hajj visas every year in order to prevent too many people visiting Mecca, and the other holy city Medina, at the same time. Last year, the Saudi Government was criticised
after more than 2,400 people were crushed during a stampede near the holy site of Mina during the Hajj. The new fees come as Saudi Arabia struggles to fill the holes in its balance sheet as its oil revenue continues to decline. During a meeting of Opec nations in Algiers in october, the kingdom and the 11 other members agreed to cut oil production for the first time after their bid to out-compete cheaper US shale gas failed. Opec has also been hit by the lifting of economic sanctions against Iranian oil. Oil prices reached a peak of $100 (£77) a barrel in the middle of 2014 but fell as low as $26 (£20) a barrel in February this year. The country is now frantically reforming its generous welfare system with deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman telling Bloomberg in June that his reform programme will aim to raise an extra $100bn (£77bn) in non-oil revenues by 2020.
Grandparents’ Health Being Put At Risk From Babysitting The perils of grandparents babysitting have been revealed in a survey, which found nearly half of them caught a cold from a sick grandchild. There are now 10 million grandmothers and grandfathers providing regular childcare for their families each week, more than ever before, but this is leading to a potential health crisis - with their immune systems vulnerable to colds. And with colds leading to more serious illnesses, like chest infections or pneumonia, a fifth of grandparents say it is their biggest concern when it comes to babysitting (21 per cent). In an attempt to escape falling ill themselves, 16 per cent admit they avoid their grandchildren when they are sick. With 48 per cent saying they have caught a cold from a sick grandchild and a further four in ten
ending up with a chest infection or pneumonia (41 per cent), these concerns are not unfounded. The study of 1,000 grandparents with grandchildren under the age of 10, also found this has caused tensions with families. One in eight wish they had given their grandchildren a wide berth at least once to protect themselves from getting sick (13 per cent). Meanwhile, a fifth say they are annoyed if they are not warned their grandchildren are ill before visiting them (19 per cent) and 21 per cent confess they are reluctant to babysit when they are sick. Their concerns can backfire, however. Being over-cautious means 52 per cent believe they have missed out on valuable grandparent time by worrying about catching a cold.
The balance sheet • One in four working families rely on grandparents for childcare • Unpaid grandparental childcare is worth an estimated £17 billion a year • Grandparents spend an average of nine hours a week looking after grandchildren, saving parents £1,902 a year in childcare fees • They are the cornerstone of childcare for 35 per cent of families where the mother was working or studying when the child was nine months old • One in four mortgages is part-financed (average contribution £17,000) by grandparents • Over a third make sacrifices to give money to their families. Nearly 60 per cent curtail their social life • There are 78,000 children in “kinship care”, being brought up full-time by their grandparents
Sheffield FC Bid For UNESCO World Heritage Status The world's oldest football club, Sheffield FC, has applied for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status for its original Olive Grove ground. The club, which was founded on 24 October 1857, made the announcement on its 159th anniversary. Currently situated at Dronfield, the club plans to move back to Olive Grove. Club Chairman said he hopes the bid would "protect the game's roots through internationally recognising Olive Grove, the field on which football and the world's first football club was founded". adopted set of rules and laws for the game Sheffield FC was founded in It is recognised by FIFA and the FA as the world's 1857 by Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest The club was responsible for the first officially first football club There are 814 UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites around the world, including the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon 25 UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites are in the UK and Northern Ireland Two are in Yorkshire: Fountains Abbey and Saltaire
Quetta Killings A Precursor? Wajid Shamsul Hasan children of Army Public School, Quetta lawyers mayhem, repeated killing of Hazaras over the years—end up like search of a black cat in a dark room with windows wide open. What makes the case of Balochistan classical example of gross negligence, dereliction of duty, incompetence or collaboration with the terrorist organizations is the fact it enjoys strategic location and interests besides it endemically suffers from recurring insurgency by those who the government calls to be in the pay of our enemies or genuine political dissenters seeking justice and equitable share in power and resources. Although one would not like to take benefit of frequent inadvertent typographical errors in writing too many cooks spoil the broth, Baluchistan’s case seems to fall in the description of the phrase. I would not dare to replace the word cooks with perhaps more appropriate description—as Balochistan is being run by so many sensitive organisations to make life of Baluchis least nasty, short, brutish and safe. Corps commander is the warlord in the province, followed by Frontier Constabulary IG seemingly over all in charge of law and order and anti smuggling since the illicit operations across the border mean multimillion dollar transactions. Although law and order is provincial subject, the Provincial Interior Minister is more of a parrot trained to repeat whatever he is told since he has in fact nothing much tangible to perform. Indeed, the job of law enforcers has been made easier these days when those behind an incident rush to claim responsibility immediately. In Quetta Police Academy tragedy ISIL and Lashkari Jhangvi Al Alameen have jointly claimed responsibility. Lashkari e Jhangvi Al Ameen is an international brand of LeJ Pakistan—a favourite strategic asset of Punjab administration and also those who hire its contractual services on assignment basis within and outside. While that being that, one would not like to add insult to injury in what has already come out in the media in the form of blame game between some leaders on the two sides of the political divide. One would also not like to criticize the law enforcers in the province at this juncture. However, looking at their continuous dismal performance one would recall MNA Mahmud Khan Achazai’s demand following the lawyers bombing incident in August that top of the order law enforcers should be sacked en bloc. Indeed, some heads need to be rolled, not of smaller functionaries but those who really matter. Interior Minister or Baba-e-National Action Plan—the most ineffective contraption ever evolved—would do well to call it a day himself. Last but not the least, IG Frontier Corps has decisively accused Indian RAW and Afghanistan’s NDS of being involved in the Police Academy carnage so has National Security Advisor Lt General ® Nasir Janjua who briefed the American ambassador in Pakistan that India’s RAW and Afghanistan’s NDS are patronising terrorists groups to attack soft targets in Pakistan. One feels allegations of such serious nature—though 100 pc correct they could be—should not be made especially when some miscreants have already claimed responsibility. Independently law enforcers have been accused of using LeJ for elimination of insurgent leaders or miscreants. I fear Quetta massacre is a sequel to many more such tragedies which are in store till the time all seminaries and their foot soldiers are neutralised or at least their leadership is eliminated or taken to task. And the best response to all internal and external challenges is to put our own house in order. Perception of an unending tussle between two power centres is not healthy for the nation.
Leaders give an almost believable commitment not to leave any stone unturned in punishing the culprits. Roman philosopher Cicero had rightly observed that certain signs precede ominous events. It seems we are to see such developments sooner than later - they are perhaps around the corner. Currently, we are in a state of flux. No one can say authoritatively who is coming or going. After all, it is said one week is a long time in politics. Terrorist attack on Quetta Police Academy was perhaps a precursor to what more is in store. Since many years Quetta has been an Achilles heel for our law enforcers. In August Baluchistan Bar Association’s former President was killed followed by scores of other lawyers in bomb attack. Despite heavy presence of the assortment of security agencies including army, Frontier Constabulary, police, levis and all brands of intelligence agencies infesting the nook and corner of the province since many years — the provincial capital remains to be most vulnerable target. Terrorist come here on one way ticket, find it easier to carryout indiscriminate mayhems. Sunday night terrorist attack killed 61 cadets in the Police Training Academy with over 115 injured. The four suicide bombers had held 250 cadets hostage for several hours. It is said that one was shot dead while entering the Academy while three others were already inside the building. Later after having done their job, they blew themselves up. Obviously it seems that there must have been some collaboration somewhere to let three in. While all such killings are appalling Police Academy tragedy is horrendous. It shows how helpless were those people who were being trained to protect others. One must not forget as well that Quetta-nay the entire province of Baluchistan-has been in the eye of terrorist storm since many years. Mostly terrorists frequently targeted Shia community members and among them that too Hazaras. Every incident was followed by sit-ins and protests by the aggrieved Shia community demanding arrest and punishment of miscreants. Routinely as what seems to have become part of standard operational procedure (SOP), high ups in the provincial government would condemn the incident in strongest possible words and give an almost believable commitment not to leave any stone unturned in punishing the culprits in a draconian manner that no one in future would dare repeat such carnage. Provincial condemnation would be later orchestrated by the Prime Minister, Army Chief, Corps Commander, Interior Minister, Chief Minister, IG Frontier Corps and other functionaries. From Him we come so shall we return to Him—is the great healer. The inquiry ordered to wipe the tears of the faces of the aggrieved dries off soon and business of life becomes as usual. Making promises of inquiry, appointment of commissions is all hogwash. Thousands of probes held in the past--from the time of assassination of Pa- Author is the former High Commissioner of Pakistan’s first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan to kistan to UK, a veteran journalist and long time this day including that of Prime Minister Bena- Adviser to Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto zir Bhutto’s murder, the killing of 150 school
Hereâ€™s The Difference Between Ice Cream And Gelato There are three important differences between the two frozen treats Aside from the fact that gelato comes from Italy, it's easy to think that it's pretty much the same thing as ice cream. But it's not. There are three important differences between the two frozen treats. Ice cream is more fattening. Law requires that ice cream must have at least 10 percent milkfat. Yes, ice cream is a federally defined term. Gelato, on the other hand, does not have to meet this requirement, and is therefore made with whole milk and no cream. Gelato generally has around 3.8 percent milkfat. Thanks to this, gelato is the healthier, less fattening choice compared to ice cream. Ice cream has more air whipped into it. The same law that states ice cream must have 10 percent milkfat, also states that ice cream can be at most 50 percent air. Ice cream increases in volume when it's churned in the air, but the aforementioned law puts a limit on how much it can be increased. Gelato is more dense than ice cream, mainly because it's churned more slowly, meaning less air is churned into it. Ice cream is served at a colder temperature. Before ice cream is served, it's hardened in a blast freezer. Gelato does not go through this process, and is therefore served at a less frozen, and slightly warmer temperature than ice cream. That's why gelato has a silkier texture that's more comparable to soft serve than to regular ice cream.
US Election 2016: All You Need To Know In January 2017, the most powerful nation on earth will have a new leader, after a drawn out and expensive campaign - but how does a US presidential election work? When the US picks its president, it is not only choosing a head of state but a head of government and a commanderin-chief of the largest military on the planet. It's a big responsibility. So how does the process work? Who can be president? Technically, to run for president, you only need to be "a natural born" US citizen, at least 35 years old, and have been a resident for 14 years. Nearly every president since 1933 has been a governor, senator, or five-star military general. And that's before you even consider getting a party nomination and securing national media attention. In this 2016 election, at one stage there were 10 governors or former governors and 10 who are or were senators, although many have since dropped out. One person is nominated to represent the Republican and Democratic parties in the presidential election. Why is it Hillary Clinton v Donald Trump? A series of elections are held in every state and overseas territory, starting in February, which determine who becomes each party's official presidential candidate. The winner of each collects a number of "delegates" - party members with the power to vote for that candidate at the party conventions held in July, where candidates are formally confirmed. The more state contests a candidate wins, the more delegates will be pledged to support them at the convention. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump were the clear winners in 2016 and were officially nominated at their party's conventions in July. They are two of the most unpopular candidates in modern American history. At the conventions, the parties also officially unveiled their vicepresident picks - Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia for Mrs Clinton, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence for the Republicans. The big talking points of the campaign There has been a slew of controversies generated by Donald Trump, from the moment the New York businessman launched his campaign with the description of Mexican immigrants as "rapists and criminals". His candidacy has rarely gone a few weeks without sparking some uproar. He's waged wars of words with a judge, a Miss Universe, a Fox News anchor and the Muslim family of a fallen soldier. He's had to defend his refusal not to release his tax returns and the suggestion he has paid no federal income tax for 18 years, plus field questions surrounding his charitable foundation. And Hillary Clinton has had her share of anxious moments too. The damage wrought by her private email arrangement to her reputation is thought to be significant, despite the FBI effectively closing the investigation in July and clearing Clinton of wrongdoing. Questions have been raised about the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation. Mr Trump has also put the spotlight on the part she played in pushing back at the women who claimed to have affairs with her husband Bill. And WikiLeaks has been revealing hacked emails that have laid bare some embarrassing conversations between members of her campaign team.
Who won the debates? ONE: New Yorker Trump landed some blows on Clinton on trade deals, her emails and the Middle East, framing her as a political insider who had achieved nothing after three decades of public life. But after a shaky start, she controlled the evening and he failed to stay disciplined about his message. TWO: Described as one of the nastiest presidential debates, repeated attempts at character assassination dominated. Mrs Clinton homed in on the 2005 video of Mr Trump's lewd comments about women. It showed, she said, "exactly who he is". Mr Trump held a bizarre news conference featuring Bill Clinton's sexual accuser and on the stage he focused on these allegations. The scandal over Mrs Clinton's use of a private email account for official business when she was secretary of state should land her in jail, the Republican candidate said. No knock-out blow from Clinton, says our North America reporter Anthony Zurcher, and it was probably a draw. THREE: The most remarkable moment came when moderator Chris Wallace asked Mr Trump whether he would support the election results, no matter who won. Mr Trump refused to do so, going against a longstanding American tradition that the winner is recognised and congratulated by their rival. Instead, Mr Trump accused the media of poisoning people's minds and said Mrs Clinton should not have been allowed to run for president. At that point, the headlines were written and the debate results were locked in, said Zurcher. It was not a good night for the Republican. VP DEBATE: The Republican vice-presidential nominee's primary job - really his only job - was to stop the bleeding and give the campaign an opportunity to regroup after Mr Trump's poorly received first debate. Mr Kaine's goal was to keep him from doing that. Mr Pence succeeded. Mr Kaine, while unloading a crate of opposition research on Mr Trump, failed, says Zurcher.
How does the vote in November work? The candidate with the most votes in each state becomes the candidate which that state supports for president. It's all down to a system called the electoral college, a group of people who choose the winner - 538 of them, in fact. Just half of them - 270 - are needed to make a president. But not all states are equal - California, for example, has more than 10 times the population of Connecticut, so they don't get an equal say. Each state has certain number of these "electors" based on their population in the most recent census (it so happens that it's the same number of districts in a state, plus two senators). When citizens vote for their preferred candidate, they're actually voting for the electors, some of which are pledged to one candidate, some for another. But here's where it gets interesting. In almost every state (except Nebraska and Maine), the winner takes all - so the person who wins the most electors in New York, for example, will get all 29 of New York's electoral votes. And the two big October surprises The biggest bombshell to jolt the Trump cam- In the race to get to the magic number - 270 - it's the swing states paign came on 7 October with the publication of that often matter most. a video from 2005. Mr Trump is heard referring to women in sexually offensive terms when he was What are swing states? caught on a live microphone during the filming So, we've got two candidates, both in a race to get to 270 electors of a soap. The furore forced him to issue an apol- by winning whole states at a time. ogy and try to convince voters that the words in Both parties think they can bank on certain states, big and small. the video "do not reflect who I am". But it wasn't Republicans will count on Texas, and not waste their money camenough to stop dozens of Republicans from de- paigning to a great extent there. Similarly, California is likely to sit serting him, sparking civil war within the party. in the Democrats' column. Now more half a dozen women have accused him The others are known as "swing states" - where it could go either of sexual assault, and he has hit back forcefully, way. Florida in particular, with its 29 votes, famously decided the accusing them of being liars and not attractive 2000 election in favour of George W. Bush, who lost the popular vote nationally but, after a Supreme Court case, won the electoral enough to warrant his attention. Then just 11 days before election day, the FBI an- college. nounced it had found more emails "pertinent" to Other swing states include: Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, North Carothe Clinton email investigation, but could not yet lina, Nevada. say how significant these emails were. They were found on a laptop belonging to the estranged When does the new president start work? husband of one of Clinton's closest advisers, In the days and weeks after the election - if the vote is decisive Huma Abedin, as police investigated whether he the victor will assemble a cabinet and begin crafting a more thorsent explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl. ough policy agenda. These emails are now being looked at by the FBI Meanwhile, the departing "lame duck" president works to shape to see if they include classified material or any his legacy and begins packing up his belongings. evidence that their investigation into the emails Under the US constitution, the president is inaugurated on 20 January of the year following the election. was intentionally hampered.
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